When most people think of Christmas, they think of warm fires, cozy sweaters, and spending time with family. For many Italians, Christmas is all about the food. From savory dishes to sweet treats, there's no shortage of amazing holiday eats in Italy. So if you're looking for some inspiration for your Christmas feast, keep reading for a rundown of some of the best Italian Christmas foods and drinks. Buon Natale!
In Italy, there is technically no “Christmas dinner.” Christmas Day is celebrated with a lunchtime feast.
Still, during our time in Italy, we have been able to enjoy traditional Italian Christmas dinner feats thanks to our local friends, who were eager to show us festive season dishes, including wheat pasta and several holiday table staples.
On Christmas eve dinner, you need to start with a good selection of appetizers, comprising some of the traditional Italian Christmas food.
A classic Italian Christmas meal has several courses, including appetizers, main dishes, side dishes (called contorni), desserts, and drinks.
Although each region has its own Christmas traditions, pasta always is always part of an Italian meal and should have a place on the Christmas table; maybe a unique version, such as baked pasta, or filled pasta like ravioli with a particularly cold season filling such as foraged dried mushrooms.
Risotto is also often part of the Christmas menu, especially in northern Italy.
Some traditional Christmas foods include candied fruit, Italian sausage, and meat dishes like roast lamb, salt cod, or roasted veal.
Appetizers or first course
Easy Vegan Gnocchi with a Simple Tomato Sauce
Tuscan White Bean Soup
Easy Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Recipe
Vegan Eggplant Involtini
Italian Farro Salad
Rosemary Focaccia Bread Recipe
Make it with your homemade Italian Pagnotta Crusty bread.
Italian Artisan Bread (Easy Homemade Rustic Pagnotta Bread)
Easy Vegan Gluten-Free Lasagna
Vegan Butternut Squash Ravioli
Roasted Eggplant Pasta Sauce
Creamy Vegan Mushrooms Risotto
Livornese Stewed Beans
Vegan Baked Polenta Recipe with Tofu Ragout
Creamy Tomato Risotto Recipe
Red Wine Risotto
Side dishes (contorni)
Broccoli Rabe with Garlic
How to Cook Romanesco Broccoli
Roman-Style Artichokes (Carciofi alla Romana)
White Asparagus Recipe
Italian Sautéed Escarole Recipe
Perfect Grilled Asparagus Recipe with Toasted Almonds
Italian Christmas Desserts
You will always find a Panetonne in every Christmas lunch, whether in the Northern, Central, or Southern Region; However, this delicious treat was born in the North, but other Italian desserts are easier to make at home.
Pangiallo Romano (Roman Christmas Cake)
Lemon Sorbet Recipe
Orange and Cranberry Biscotti
Vegan Almond Biscotti
Brown Sugar Candied Walnuts (10 Minutes + Vegan GF)
Zeppole Italian Doughnuts
Cranberry Gin Fizz
Old Fashioned Amaro
Here are some delicious hot Christmas drinks and we are sure you will enjoy.
Spiced Red Wine Liqueur
Italian Hot Chocolate
We hope you enjoyed reading about the delicious food and drinks traditionally served during Christmas in Italy. Just thinking about them makes us hungry! We can't wait to start cooking up some of these festive dishes. Will you join us? Let's get cooking!